Adrian Peterson has a new home for the upcoming NFL season. The 35-year-old will suit up for the Detroit Lions for the 2020 season. The Washington Football Team released the former NFL MVP, and the Lions decided to give him a shot.
When Peterson signed with the Lions, he received a nice welcome from arguably the greatest Lion ever.
Adrian Peterson has had a lot of success during his career
Peterson has accomplished a lot during his time in the NFL. He made an immediate impact when he first entered the league. During his rookie season in 2007, he rushed for 1,341 yards with 12 touchdowns in Minnesota. He was named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. Peterson also made the Pro Bowl team as a rookie and was named the Pro Bowl MVP. He had a breakout season as a rookie and was geared to have more success throughout his career.
That success continued during his time in Minnesota as he led the league in rushing three times. During one of those seasons, he rushed for 2,097 yards. He finished with the second-most rushing yards in a single season by a running back. For a good amount of time, Peterson was the top running back in the league.
He has rushed for over 1,000 yards eight times in his career, and during his first four seasons, he had over 1,000 yards rushing. Peterson was on a mission when he entered the league. He has already put up Hall of Fame numbers, and at his age, he can still impact a team. That is what he’s looking to do with the Lions this upcoming season. His veteran leadership will serve as a big help for a team that has not had much success running the ball in the past.
Adrian Peterson received a warm welcome from Barry Sanders
One of the greatest players in Lions’ history decided to give Peterson a nice welcome to Detroit. Barry Sanders has some nice words to say about Peterson. On his Twitter page, Sanders said that Peterson looks good wearing the Lions’ colors. Sanders spent his entire career with the Lions, and he was one of the best running backs in the game.
What he did on the football field was amazing, and he possessed all the necessary skills to have success in the league as a running back. When you talk about the greatest running backs of all-time, you have to put Sanders in that conversation. Peterson is not far from that list either, and the fact that Sanders had a message for him shows how much respect he has for the new member of the Lions.
Adrian Peterson could pass Barry Sanders on the all-time rushing list this season
Peterson currently sits at No. 5 on the all-time rushing list with 14,216 yards. The person in front of him is Barry Sanders, who has 15,269 yards. Peterson is 1,053 yards away from tying Sanders, and he certainly can do so at his age. It is unclear how the Lions will use Peterson this season to join Kerryon Johnson and rookie second-round pick D’Andre Swift.
Peterson rushed for over 1,000 yards in 2018, and last season he rushed for 898 yards. If he can stay healthy this season and play in most games, Peterson can find himself close to moving up on that all-time list or even passing the great Barry Sanders.